Joshua M. Bercu, an attorney with the firm since March 2011, advises a wide variety of clients, including startup mobile app developers, trade associations and established communications companies, on policy and regulatory matters related to data privacy and security and telecommunications. His work includes advising clients on advocacy strategies before administrative and executive agencies, including the FTC, FCC and NTIA, as well as researching and drafting rulemaking and other policy comments before these agencies. In addition, Mr. Bercu counsels clients on compliance with privacy, data security and other consumer protection laws and regulations. Mr. Bercu also works in the Firm's growing trademark practice, where he has counseled clients on the clearance of trademarks, and has assisted clients with the preparation, filing and prosecution of federal trademark and service mark applications.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bercu served as a fellow with the House Energy & Commerce Committee focusing on telecommunications and technology issues.
During law school, Mr. Bercu was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy and served as the Vice President of Media and Communications Law for GEMALaw, a division of the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance. His experience also includes public sector internships with the FCC Wireless Bureau Spectrum & Competition Policy Division and the FCC Enforcement Bureau Investigations & Hearings Division, and private sector firm positions with a large law firm’s Internet, Communications & Data Protection Group and a small firm handling media and broadcast issues. Mr. Bercu also worked as a research assistant on First Amendment and Media Law for the Institute for Public Representation.
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association Ad Hoc Social Media Committee, 2012-2013
Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association Social Media/Membership and Marketing Committee, 2013-2014
Co-Author, Why the FTC Says Startups Must Care About Cyber, 1776 Blog (October 2015).
Panelist, Ignite Talks Presentation on Privacy, at FCBA (October 2015).
Co-Author, 21st Century Privacy Fix, InterMEDIA, Vol 43, Issue 2 (June 2015).
Panelist, Deterring Cyber-Threats: Lessons Learned from the Sony, Target, and other Mega Breach Incidents, at Florida Privacy and Cybersecurity Symposium on May 14, 2015.
Co-Author, Chapter 4: Consumer Privacy in a Data-Driven Era, 32nd Annual Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Institute Handbook (December 2014).
Co-Author, “6 Ways Startups Can Learn from Snapchat’s FTC Privacy Settlement,” 1776 (June 30, 2014).
Co-Presenter, “Startup Screwups: Privacy and Data Security Pitfalls for Emerging Companies,” at 1776 on June 12, 2014.
Moderator of " A Sit Down with FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen" on February 24, 2014, discussing the Internet of Things and the privacy issues arising from the trend of adding online connectivity to everyday items.
Co-Author, Chapter 4: Consumer Privacy in a Data-Driven Era, 31st Annual Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Institute Handbook (December 2013).
Moderator of Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance, Law Chapter panel titled “Defining ‘Entertainment and Media Law’ in DC” on September 19, 2013.
Co-Author of and Mentor for Case Study Exercise, Department of Commerce, Commercial Law Development Program, Best Practices Licensing and Regulation Program for the Iraq Communications and Media Commission on September 10-11, 2013.
Co-Author, Chapter 4: Privacy 360º- Continuing Obligations and Emerging Frameworks on All Fronts, 30th Annual Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Institute Handbook (December 2012)